Crescent album cover

Andrew Chalk


The music on the CD edition of Crescent is drawn predominantly from two cassettes released in the mid-to-late eighties. But the material’s been updated, and in one case – the gorgeous “Old Hive” – remixed by Chalk’s key collaborator in Mirror, Christoph Heemann. That track has Heemann entwining Chalk’s melancholy melodies with field recordings and raspy drones. Elsewhere, you can hear Chalk moving away from his noisier work as Ferial Confine, towards a more considered approach. He resists the desire to overwhelm these pensive drones with scuffed noises; the resulting tension is incredibly compelling. David Jackman’s flute adds lush counterpoint to “Harvest”.

Jon Dale

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